As many as 75 cases of violation of noise pollution norms by playing high decibel sound appliances during Ganpati immersion processions held Sunday in Pune have come to light despite the High Court ban on playing hi-tech sound systems, a police officer said Monday.
"Total 75 cases have been reported in which Ganesh mandals and DJ (Disc Jockey) operators violated the HC orders and played the high decibel sound appliances thus creating noise pollution," said Shirish Sardeshpande, DCP (crime).
He said all these mandals violated the rules under Environmental Protection Act, 1986 and Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000. "We have formed a special team which will be taking action against these mandates," he added.
Police said the entire immersion procession lasted for 26 hours. Sardeshpande said eight people were arrested on the charge of stealing mobile phones during the procession. "We have recovered 70 mobile phone handsets from these people," he said.